In most respects it’s a wonderful season, but it’s also the time of year when you see more sobriety checkpoints, when more people are drinking more alcohol, and when more DUI arrests are made. Plan ahead and know your rights. If you’re accused of DUI in Orange County or anywhere in southern California, don’t wait to contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense lawyer.

Southern California offers a variety of options for getting around. Uber and Lyft, for example, are relatively new car services that can pick you up and drop you off through the use of an app on your smartphone. You can also take a cab, bus, or trolley in many areas of southern California. You can also designate a driver, but make sure it’s someone who’s absolutely reliable, trustworthy, and most importantly, sober.

Law enforcement agencies in southern California this holiday season are likely to conduct more sobriety checkpoints than ever before. If you are stopped for suspicion of DUI, politely exercise your right to remain silent after producing your driver’s license and registration. If you are asked to complete a field sobriety test (FST), you should politely decline. You may also be asked to blow into a hand-held breath testing device. Unless you are under 21 or on probation for a previous DUI conviction, you should decline this test as well. You are required only to submit to a blood test and only after a formal arrest.

When you’re stopped for suspicion of DUI, everything you do and say will be written in the police report and can be used against you. If you face any DUI or DUI-related charge anywhere in southern California this holiday season, the wisest thing you can do is to obtain immediately the counsel and services of an experienced Orange County DUI defense lawyer. If you’re charged with the crime, do not wait to make the call.